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Windows 7: Making custom built pc but which motherboard to choose?

16 Feb 2013   #11
paulpp

windows 7
 
 

I'm looking at cases now

What's more suitable atx or m-atx?


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16 Feb 2013   #12
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by paulpp View Post
Okay my apologies for that

In US dollars I'm looking to spend $1000 which is roughly 650

The power supply which I have listed is not a well known brand such as the one which you have listed

Is there any special tools which I will need in order to construct the pc myself rather than having someone else do it for me ?
Tools?

One medium Philips screwdriver.

If I'm using heat sink compound (for the CPU) from a syringe, I like to spread it with the edge of what is basically a blank credit card. (That's generally not the approved technique these days.) I use a little mineral spirits to clean up. Plus a roll of paper towels.
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16 Feb 2013   #13
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by paulpp View Post
I'm looking at cases now

What's more suitable atx or m-atx?
ATX (305 X 244 mm) and micro-ATX (244 X 244 mm square and smaller) boards will fit in an ATX case. If the case is sized for ATX boards, it won't take full sized ATX boards.

Make sure that whatever you get can use a standard ATX power supply. You'll have more choices, higher power limits, and (maybe) lower prices with regular ATX power supplies.
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16 Feb 2013   #14
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

One word of warning for a new PC builder:

Most of the stuff isn't fragile. Assembling a PC doesn't take a delicate touch.

The exception is the CPU socket. An Intel LGA (land grid array) interface has pad contacts on the CPU chip. There are 1155 pins in the socket that contact those pads. The motherboard will come with a shield for those pins. You'll have to remove that shield when you install the CPU. Those pins are very fragile; bend a few, and even a skilled repairman may not be able to bend them back. Don't remove the shield until you're ready to install the CPU. Then, orient the CPU correctly (see your motherboard instructions, and instructions that came with the CPU. It's easy.) Gently drop the CPU into the socket. Close the chip retention mechanism. After that, nothing fragile is exposed.
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16 Feb 2013   #15
paulpp

windows 7
 
 

Right okay this is the processor which I'm going for

Intel Core i7 2700K 3.50GHz Socket 1155 8MB L3 Cache.. | Ebuyer.com
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16 Feb 2013   #16
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Trying to keep within the proper price range take a look at this case.

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Newegg.com

This power supply will do the job and help with the budget and is Gold Plus.

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Enthus...1062112&sr=1-6

A quality power supply and proper case are the roots of the computer tree.
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16 Feb 2013   #17
paulstung

7 home premium 64bit
 
 

One of the best boards around at the moment is the MSI MPower z77 socket 1155.For the price it is great 142 over hear . I did notice though that you have gone for an Ivy bridge i7 ,but your motherboard is In Stock Motherboard Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3H (Intel B75) - VGA/DVI/HDMI your much better going with a Z77 . And please go for a well known power supply like corsair , silverstone or enermax it's not worth a skimping on one of the most important parts of the whole rig , in my opinion .I've just had a look at your case choice too , I think in a few weeks of having it you would be thinking I want a new one ,here is a great little case for the money 30 BitFenix Merc Alpha Gaming Case - Black , or the NZXT Source 210 Elite Midi Tower Case - Black 40 , Cubitek M4 Midi-Tower Case - Black for 32 if you prefer a more gaming looking .
Can I ask why you have chosen one of the top i7 ivybridge when the rest of your choices are older models ? It seems a bit OTT if money is tight why not save a few dollars and go sandy bridge i5 or one of the best choices for gamers is the ivy bridge i5 3570k. The i7 is more aimed towards the video editing side of things for the hyper threading this might help mate he seams to have a similar budget to you . He even uses one of the cases I have sugested .http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6FD1b-tYkk
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16 Feb 2013   #18
kbrady1979

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

I would like to bring up something....if the OP isn't up to the task of building his first PC, maybe we should consider steering him towards a place that can do it for him. I am all for doing it yourself, but the last thing anyone wants is to spend a bunch of money on parts, only to brick them during the install. As previously mentioned, the CPU is not the only fragile component in a system. The motherboard needs to be handled properly, the RAM definitely needs some special attention, and any add-on cards should be handled and installed properly as well.

To the OP: Do you feel confident in your skills that you could put fragile components together, potentially installing them, and uninstalling them, and do you have the patience to do this? I'm not implying you don't, it is an important question and needs to be answered truthfully. There are many videos on youtube that show you how to build a PC, but they leave out all the little issues that many of us run into during a custom build.
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16 Feb 2013   #19
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Well said kbrady1979. My first pc build was scary ever after watching videos and reading lots of books. How soon we forget our first build. I did ask in post #6 exactly what was his decision, and it was to build.
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17 Feb 2013   #20
paulpp

windows 7
 
 

Thanks for replying

I do feel confident about custom building my own pc but at the same don't just incase anything went wrong I would be unsure what to do

Tbh I'm not to sure why I'm looking for either when it comes to processors motherboards and graphics card

My overall plan is to have a pc which is able to handle games without any issues
Without lagging and is compatible with every game such as gta battlefield etc

Are i5 powerful enough to run these type of games without hassle?

Regards Paul
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